A representational account of olfactory experience

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40 (4):511-538 (2010)
Abstract
Much of the philosophical work on perception has focused on vision, with very little discussion of the chemical senses—olfaction and gustation. In this paper, I consider the challenge that olfactory experience presents to upholding a representational view of the sense modalities. Given the phenomenology of olfactory experience, it is difficult to see what a representational view of it would be like. Olfaction, then, presents an important challenge for representational theories to overcome. In this paper, I take on this challenge and argue for a representational account of olfactory experience that honors its phenomenology.
Keywords Olfactory Experience  Content of Perception  Olfaction  Smell
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